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Why Strokes Can Affect Women, Men Differently

Why Strokes Can Affect Women, Men DifferentlyTHURSDAY, July 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- It is often said that stroke affects men and women differently. Now, scientists say the location of the stroke's damage in the brain may help explain why.Women have more strokes, and are more likely to have symptoms such as fatigue and mental confusion rather than classic indications such as paralysis. Women also tend to have more severe strokes, according to the authors of a new study."We frequently take care of stroke patients whose outcomes we cannot explain -- and when I say outcomes, I mean disability as a result of stroke," said study co-author Dr. Natalia Rost, chief of the stroke division at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Many times we can't predict which patients will do well and why, and this is further complicated by the...

Black Women's Group Sues Johnson & Johnson Over Baby Powder

28 July 2021
Black Women`s Group Sues Johnson & Johnson Over Baby PowderWEDNESDAY, July 28, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Johnson & Johnson is being sued by the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) over the company's marketing of baby powder to Black women.The lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Superior Court of New Jersey claims that Johnson & Johnson targeted baby powder ads to Black women for decades even though it knew the talcum-based product contained ingredients that could cause ovarian cancer, CBS News reported.Several NCNW members used baby powder for years and now have ovarian cancer, according to the lawsuit, which accuses J&J of negligence, failure to warn customers of a possible defect in a product and consumer fraud."Internal documents demonstrate that J&J targeted those advertisements to Black women, knowing that Black women were more likely to use...

Bogus Info on Cancer Common Online, and It Can Harm

28 July 2021
Bogus Info on Cancer Common Online, and It Can HarmWEDNESDAY, July 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Don't believe everything you read on social media about cancer and cancer treatment.A new study finds that one-third of the most popular articles on social media about treatment for common cancers contains misinformation -- and most of it can be downright dangerous. "The worst-case scenario is when it leads to a person declining proven cancer treatments in favor of a treatment that has not been shown to effectively treat cancer," said study author Dr. Skyler Johnson. "These inherent dangers compromise our ability as oncologists to cure cancer, improve survival, or at the least extend and improve quality of life."Consider these fraudulent claims, for instance: "Chemotherapy is ineffective for the treatment of cancer," or "cannabis cures lung...

Primary Care Doctors Often Miss Heart Failure in Women,...

28 July 2021
Primary Care Doctors Often Miss Heart Failure in Women, Black PatientsWEDNESDAY, July 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- White men are more likely to a receive correct and timely diagnosis of heart failure in their primary care doctor's office compared to other types of patients, new research shows.The serious and common heart ailment is too often missed in women, Blacks and poorer people when they see their health care provider for a regular appointment, the Stanford University researchers said. Those groups are more likely to only have the condition spotted once they are rushed to emergency care. All of this could have dire consequences for patients."Patients diagnosed with heart failure in the emergency room or during inpatient hospitalization often have more advanced heart failure and complications with worse prognoses than individuals diagnosed with...

Mixed Progress Against Cancers in Teens, Young Adults

28 July 2021
Mixed Progress Against Cancers in Teens, Young AdultsWEDNESDAY, July 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- There's some encouraging news for U.S. teens and young adults with cancer. Survival rates have improved for several types of cancer, though gains have been limited for some common kinds, according to a long-term study published online July 26 in the journal Cancer. The researchers used a wealth of accumulated data "to piece together a larger part of the cancer survival story for the adolescent and young adult population in the United States," said lead author Denise Riedel Lewis, a researcher at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. "These results will help refocus our research efforts on adolescent and young adult cancer survivorship," Lewis said in a journal news release.For the study, she and her team analyzed 1975-2016 data on case...

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